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HR Magazine - July 2002: Cover Story - Facing the Future: Are Colleges Up To Speed?

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Is the American higher education system preparing young people for the best HR jobs of the future?

“Yes—at the better schools. Probably not at others,” says Rutgers professor Carl Van Horn, “in part because the demand is not quite there yet.”

Universities tend to be reactive, agrees Philip Simshauser of the Center for Executive Options. He hopes that more schools will offer MBA degrees with an HR specialty. For this to happen, “we need champions inside the HR fraternity” pushing educational institutions to create such programs.

“I’d like to see HR be part of the core requirements of getting a business degree,” says Lisbeth Claus, an associate professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. Already, she says, as many as one-fourth of college graduates entering HR jobs have some business education.

For a directory of HR graduate programs, see National Directory of HR Graduate Programs.  

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